Best Vintage Cocktails in Manchester

This is one of those posts that I’ve been meaning to write for a couple of months but things kept getting in the way! As I’m sure you know I love a good cocktail and I love it even more more if the surroundings I’m drinking in are easy on the eye.

A touch of vintage flair in the interior décor goes a long way in any establishment but in bars the vintage style adds a sense of drama, mystery and character.

These are my top three bars in Manchester that do the vintage look AND do great cocktails.


Well I’ve talked about Elixir Tonics & Treats before and I simply had to include it again here. The cocktails are like works of art and the attention to detail is sublime. It is also pretty dark and feels a bit like a boudoir (don’t all the best bars?) so you’ll have to excuse the not so great photos!with f2 presetThe focus here is on quality and service, the staff are all very knowledgeable about the menu and beyond. With my rubbish allergies I do have to think about ingredients in cocktails too, and they didn’t make me feel like a weirdo when I asked.

FYI I adore the Elixir of Love and it is just like Frys Turkish Delight- amazing.

The cocktails served here can be dramatic, interactive and even theatrical depending on what you choose. As you can see below, I’m actually sat behind this drink on the left would you believe!

The Cosy Club

Relatively new here in Manchester but a well established small chain around the UK. The interiors of this place are stunning. situated in the Corn Exchange they’ve made brilliant use of the high ceilings.

Vast collections of vintage paintings, prints and taxidermy adorn the walls. Every detail in the Cosy Club is just perfect like the light fittings and the furniture. The cocktail list is extensive- I can recommend the Cherry Bakewell- tastes exactly like the name! The Cosy Club also do food and bar snacks which I actually haven’t tried yet, but having tried other branches I’m sure it’ll be great. I’m popping here for eats in a couple of weeks for belated birthday celebrations so shall be sure to report back.cherry bakewell cocktail

The Molly House

The Molly House has recently acquired a bit of stellar bar talent in the form of Miss Susie Wong who has a bit of a thing for vintage like myself. Upstairs in the Bordello area is like something from a Victorian gentleman’s club or snug with leather wing-back armchairs and lots of brass fittings.

The Molly House is the other side of town to the other two bars, in the Gay Village, just off Canal Street. It also does really good food including some mouthwatering tapas.

She has created a cocktail menu that takes inspiration from, to name a few, Grace Kelly, Judy Garland and Ginger Rodgers. Using concoctions of unusual combinations of ingredients these drinks are so photogenic and taste great too- the Ruby Slippers is the taste of summer!I believe Susie is now working on her Autumn/Winter Cocktail collection for The Molly House- I cant wait to see what she comes up with!

Other places to try with a vintage feel are;

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